Kashmir Indepth

Srinagar emerges as COVID-19 hotspot in J&K

Sumaya Jan

SRINAGAR, July 22: Amid surge in coronavirus cases, Srinagar is the worst district across Jammu and Kashmir where 3283 positive cases were detected until Tuesday.

As per the official figures accessed by news agency Kashmir Indepth News Service (KINS), 15258 positive cases have been reported from Jammu and Kashmir till Tuesday of which 6540 are active positive and 8455 have recovered. Jammu and Kashmir has also reported around 270 deaths by the deadly virus.

As per the figures, Srinagar has 3283 positive cases with 1961 active positive, 1253 recovered, 69 deaths until Tuesday.

A doctor at SMHS Hospital said Srinagar has become a major concern for the administration due to the huge number of COVID-19 positive cases.

“Highest numbers of deaths have also been reported from this district. There is hardly any area in Srinagar where positive cases have not been reported. It seems a difficult job for the administration to contain the virus in Srinagar,” the doctor told KINS.  

In comparison, Jammu district has reported 651 positive cases with 199 active positive cases and 440 recoveries.

Similarly, Bandipora has 478 positive cases with 121 active positive, 352 recovered. Similarly, Anantnag district has 1097 positive cases with 363 active positive, 716 recovered. Baramulla has 1651 positive cases with 674 active positive, 922 recovered. Shopian has 1168 positive cases with 365 active positive, 784 recovered.

Kupwara has 965 positive cases with 362 active positive, 588 recovered. While Budgam has 948 positive cases with 449 active positive and 480 recovered cases. Ganderbal has 307 positive cases with 177 active positive cases and 126 recoveries. Kulgam has 1186 positive cases with 297 active positive and 864 recoveries. Pulwama reported 1042 positive cases with 494 active positive cases and 534 recovered.  

Government has already issued an advisory that the best way to protect themselves from COVID-19 is by maintaining physical distance of at least 2 metre from others, frequently cleaning hands with an alcohol based hand sanitizer or washing them with soap and water and following good respiratory etiquette and hygiene.

As a measure for social distancing in public places and workplaces wearing a face cover is compulsory.

The advisory explained that early detection of COVID-19 can prevent the spread of disease so we need to be responsible for the well-being of ourselves and everyone around us. “Not disclosing symptoms could put life of individuals and their families at risk. In case of symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing report early. Do not fear, call COVID-19 helpline numbers and seek medical advice”.

Advisory has further exhorted upon the people not to step out of home, unless absolutely necessary. “If you have to move out for unavoidable reasons, ensure that you wear a mask and practice social distancing, personal hygiene and frequent handwashing with soap and water.”

In case of any emergency people can avail free ambulance services 24×7 at their doorsteps by calling on toll-free number 108 while as pregnant women and sick infants can avail free ambulance services by dialling toll-free number 102.

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